Neuroplasticity

According to the Dictionary Neuroplasticity is defined as the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience or following injury.

Neuroplasticity has become a mainstream concept in the past years.  The brain has the ability to heal and even regenerate nerve growth.   It does so naturally but can be enhanced with the correct effort and exercise.  Here are some examples of exercises to build the brain.

Cognitive Exercises

Below are some cognitive exercise excerpts from The Brain Boot Camp, Mason and Mason, Chronicle Books, 2010

633.  Which letter is missing from the scrambled word below?  KUEYR  (Easy)
         

         H
         M
         L
         T

634. Unscramble the word above. Which category does the word fall under?                mastoraenc  (Hard)

            A.  Fruit
            B.  City
            C.  Vegetable
            D.  Animal

643.  Timing yourself for only two minutes, use the letters above to create words using each letter only once. How many words did you create?


         More than 15    =    Superior
         14-9                  =    Average
         Less than 9       =    Try Again

How many times is the pattern                             repeated in the grid above? 

Hint: the pattern may be turned in different directions. (Hard)


         A. 3

         B. 4

         C. 2

         D. 5

Word Pairs

Read the word pairs listed below.  Then answer the following 5 questions without referring back to the list.

Float - Tree

Cat - Tarp

Lake – Car

Horse – Rose

Radio - Tooth

Book - Toe

Light - Dog

Plant - Chair

Sofa – Cup

Guitar - Rock

501.  Which word goes with sofa?


         Cup
         Car
         Fig
         Toe

502.  Which word goes with float?


         Mirror
         Pen
         Arm
         Tree

503.  Which word rhymes with the word that goes with plant?
 

         Bear
         Tar
         Booth
         Hog

504.  Which word goes with Horse?
 

         Hose
         Fence
         Rose
         Moon

505.  Which word rhymes with the word that goes with guitar?


         Bird
         Big
         Lock
         Farm

794.  Paddle is to Canoe as Reins is to ______  (Med)
 

         Steer
         Saddle
         Gear
         Horse

795.  Fork is to Utensil as Hammer is to ______  (Med)
 

         Nail
         Tool box
         Tool
         Mallet

618.  Which letter is missing from this scrambled word:  SYEMRT     

         Y
         T
         I
         S

619.  Which letter is missing from this scrambled word:  LCRETIYIC  
 

         A
         V
         E
         R

620.  Which letter is missing from this scrambled word:  MANHTO  
 

         E
         S
         R
         P

622.  Which letter is missing from this scrambled word:  GEIGN 

         O
         F
         R 
         P

623.  Which letter is missing from this scrambled word:  NERIGO 

         V
         G
         S
         F

659.  Which letter is missing from this scrambled word:  DASEYTRE  

         Y
         Z
         N
         U

673.  Which letter is missing from this scrambled word:  ANPEAC  

         O
         K
         R
         S

674.  Which letter is missing from this scrambled word:  NLARACI  

         T
         V
         C
         E

675.  Which letter is missing from this scrambled word:  RLVTOEA  


         C
         D
         Y
         E

676.  Which letter is missing from this scrambled word:  EIRLNPA  

         Y
         T
         D
         A

687.  Which letter is missing from this scrambled word:  HIBAN 


         G
         P
         P
         S

688.  Which letter is missing from this scrambled word:  LGNAEGA  

         U
         N
         S
         T

Ω=A    ⌂= E    ₵= R   ☼= S

☺= T   ◊= N    ∆= L    ∞= I

What symbols correspond to these letters in order:  NRSL


       ◊₵☼∆
      ◊₵☼◊
      ◊₵☺∆
      ◊₵☼∞

What do these symbols spell:  ☼Ω∞◊☺?


      Saint
      Sails
      Taint
      Santa

Choose the symbols for these letters:  LISTEN.


      ∆∞☼☺⌂◊
      ∆∞☼☺∆⌂
      ∆∞☺☼⌂◊
      ∆∞☼☺∆◊

Select the symbols that correspond to these letters:  REAL.


      ₵⌂Ω∆
      ₵⌂∆∞
      ₵⌂Ω∞
      ₵∆Ω∆

Are you starting to do it by memory now?

What do these symbols spell:  ☼⌂◊☺?


      Sent
      Tent
      Rent
      Salt

Check out Dr. Mason's book Brain Boot Camp for more exercises like these!

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Douglas J. Mason, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Neuropsychologist

Phone:  (352) 530-2170

Fax:  (352) 530-2180

Address:

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